Mission Bush Pilot and Nurse

After spending three years in Guyana, South America, we have now moved to Bewani, 50 Km south of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. We have started a new humanitarian aviation ministry here. In visiting with health officials and church people here, the need for an aviation program to reach into remote villages became very apparent. We are taking health workers and medicines/vaccines, into remote village airstrips and bringing out critically ill patients to the hospital. We also fly in educational materials for schools, as well as take in Bible workers. Toni is helping with the medical end of things, while Gary takes care of the flying part. We have several local lay missionaries we sponsor and we do ground transport for patients as well. We are volunteers here to serve our God and the unreached people of Papua New Guinea. We have a great need for more people to join in this effort.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

what are the odds

What are the odds?

Lots of times we think about the odds of something going right or wrong, before we make a decision.  People who like to gamble think about the odds to see how much they choose to bet.  Some of us wonder what the odds are of something happening that seems out of the ordinary, but when you put God into the equation, the odds really become irrelevant.

This last week, I had to put new brake pads on our car.  One of the two bolt holes that holds the disc brake assembly in place was stripped out and the bolt would not tighten.  I tried to attach a safety wire to keep the bolt in place until I could find a solution.  Only one trip to town, and the bolt was gone and the assembly was dangling by the other bolt!  You cannot purchase that size of metric bolt here in this part of the country, and the treads to hold it were stripped.  Man's extremity is God's opportunity!  I sent up an urgent prayer asking the Lord to help me find a solution so that the car would be safe to drive again.

As we were getting ready to leave the Arizona four years ago to come here, my friend, Ernie Anderson asked me to come to his home.  He was selling his house and moving to a smaller one, since he and his wife were not able to take care of such a large place anymore.  He had a shop full of tools, parts, nails, bolts, etc.  He wanted to send some of it with me to use here in PNG.  I picked out a few items and he said that isn't enough, you need to take this and this and this and….  I wasn't sure what I would do with all the odds and ends and different bolts and nails and parts.  But I loaded them into our container and shipped them here to PNG.  Ernie has since passed away and is waiting to hear the trumpet sound announcing the resurrection morning.  In the meantime, his gift keeps on giving.  In the four years that we have been here, I have often gone to check the collection of nails and bolts--just in case I could find a specific bolt that I needed; and I have found bolts that I needed many times already.  This one for the brake, though, required not only a bolt with a specific diameter and length, but a tap to make new threads for it and a drill bit the right size, as well.  My God is never surprised by my needs.  More than four years ago, He sent the right size and length of bolt, right thread, and even the right tap to make threads that I needed to fix my brakes!  The odds of finding the right bolt and tap were miniscule, but for my God, He said, "I haven't forgotten you my child!"  Is God awesome or what?  Thank you Jesus-- and I look forward to sharing this story with my friend Ernie when we meet up in heaven some day soon!

This week I have been transporting health workers out to remote villages so they can vaccinate the kids for measles, since we have an outbreak here in this part of the country.  The kids aren't too happy about it, but lives are being saved!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the work here in the "bush" of PNG.  We really enjoy it when you take a couple of minutes and send us a note back.  We enjoy reading your mail too!

Gary and Toni Lewis


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Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

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